LCME update: Moving forward

October 25, 2011
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation survey team will visit OHSU in three short months. Below is a summary of the visit and the efforts taken in preparation for the School of Medicine’s (SOM) accreditation self-study report, now in the final stages.


The Medical Student LCME Accreditation Self-Study and appended materials, as well as the course and clerkship forms, are now being printed.

The LCME database with our responses to the 130+ accreditation standards is complete. The database provides a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of SOM governance, the undergraduate medical education (UME) program, medical student services, SOM faculty and educational resources.

The self-study narrative is undergoing final editing and tells a compelling story of the UME program’s evolution and growth since the 2004 LCME accreditation review.


The LCME accreditation survey team will visit OHSU Jan. 22-25, 2012. The five-member team’s first meeting is with Dean Mark Richardson regarding SOM governance and administration.

On Monday, Jan. 23, the team will review the undergraduate medical education program and SOM facilities. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the team’s focus will be on medical students, educational resources, SOM finances and the clinical and basic science departments.

On the final day of the visit, the team meets with SOM faculty, assesses the overall academic environment, and has an exit conference with Dean Richardson, OHSU Provost Jeanette Mladenovic and President Joe Robertson.


The LCME accreditation self-study process has involved more than 150 faculty, staff and students in data collection and assessment. Together, we’ve identified many strong points in the UME program as well as some areas where we want to do better. Notable strengths include:

  • The positive relationship of the SOM with OHSU Hospital and with our community clinical partners in Portland and throughout Oregon.
  • The quality and competitiveness of OHSU MD graduates, both in primary care and specialty areas, student services and the educational resources available to medical students, including the OHSU Library.
  • OHSU Student Health Services and the Clinical Skills Assessment & Simulation Center.
  • The collegiality, quality and clinical and scholarly productivity of SOM faculty emerge as major strengths throughout both the LCME accreditation database and self-study narrative analysis. 


The self-study process also points to areas we need to improve, which include:

  • Lowering the level of medical student indebtedness.
  • Increasing diversity within the School of Medicine.
  • Continuing to increase clinical teaching capacity.
  • Balancing productivity requirements for SOM faculty.

For additional information and updates regarding the LCME accreditation self-study process, visit the LCME internal website.